Phase One

Phase One

Since we first opened our doors on Third Street in Marquette in 2002, we’ve been taking care of people in medical crisis from Bessemer to the Soo, from Copper Harbor to Menominee, and everywhere in between! The people we help are your neighbors, your friends, perhaps your family, perhaps you.

324,739  overnight stays have been provided at Beacon House and The Hospitality Rooms in the old hospital.  With your help, we’ll continue our mission and keep providing care without too long of an interruption. The hospital has moved, and we needed to move to stay close by. Our interim program, “Operation Overnight” is helping families find the most affordable lodging available, but when a medical crisis strikes, nothing can take the place of a hospitality house right next to the hospital.

August 21, 2020 



Marquette, MI: The Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House broke ground recently to mark the start of the construction for the $5.4 million Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula (HHUP) on the newly acquired land next to the UP Health System-Marquette hospital (UPHS), with Steve and Gayle Mariucci performing the honors with the first shovel in the ground. The new Beacon House will be a 20-guest room, two story facility with approximately 27,000 square feet.

“Today marked the beginning of a new journey to help our U.P. neighbors in times of medical crisis,” said Steve Mariucci. “This new Beacon House is going to be a home away from home for patients and families for many years to come, and my family is very proud to be a part of something so supportive and enduring.”

Leading the groundbreaking ceremony along with the Mariucci’s was HHUP CEO Mary Tavernini Dowling, HHUP Board Vice President Sue LeGalley, UPHS CEO Gar Atchison, City Manager Mike Angeli, Lake Superior Community Partnership CEO Amy Clickner, Brownfield Authority Chairman David Allen, State Representative Sara Cambensy, and former guests of Beacon House Tom and Kelly Reynolds.

Site work will begin on August 24, 2020 to prepare for the new construction, will continue through the construction season and begin again with the spring thaw in 2021. During the interim, the campaign will continue to raise the additional $2 million needed to complete the project, with a goal of hosting a Grand Opening celebration in time for Christmas of 2021. The organization just recently reached the first fundraising goal of $3 million dollars, and is encouraging more U.P. businesses, individuals and organizations to pledge or donate to the campaign.

Closner Construction & Sales has been awarded the General Contractor bid for the construction of the project, designed by Dax Richer and Jason Gautier of RG Design, with Brian Savolainen as Civil Engineer. JP Electric and Dresseler Mechanical Inc. are subcontracting the electric, mechanical and plumbing work and Oberstar Inc. has been awarded the site contracting.

“We often say that in the U.P. being a neighbor has nothing to do with your address, it has everything to do with how we look out for each other in times of need,” remarked Steve Mariucci. “We have so many people to thank for helping us reach this first goal. People across the UP have proven to be the most incredible neighbors. Their donations are helping us to build the house where medical patients and families will find comfort and a safe affordable place to get some rest.”

The first $3 million fundraising goal will provide the funds for more than half of the project.

“We are so excited to get this construction started,” said Mary Tavernini Dowling, CEO. “We have put in a tremendous amount of effort to get to this celebratory day. Every inch of this design is purposeful and developed with the medical patient and family’s needs in mind, from the special cancer wing and wig salon for cancer patients to the well laid-out community kitchen, outdoor porches and deck. We have the funds to get started and the next leg of our fundraising will help us make it home.”

Make the “906 Pledge” today!

Michigan is known as the “906” from the area code that represents our occupants of this beautiful part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We are encouraging people to make the 906 Pledge, a $9.06 monthly donations to help support our programs! Click HERE to sign up!

  • $9.06 per month
    • 1 year = $108.72
    • 2 years = $217.44
    • 3 years = $326.16
    • 4 years = $434.88
    • 5 years = $543.60